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Jake's retirement consists of beer, brats, watching beach bunnies pass by his patio deck and trading wisecracks with Arlo, his pet chameleon. OK, so it's a one-sided exchange, Jake doesn't mind.

That all changes when they are conscripted into service for the Federation of Thirteen Galaxies. (Twelve actually. They lost one of the Galaxies but it's too expensive to change all
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ebook, 110 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by Magnus Somnium
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James Paddock
Feb 27, 2014 James Paddock rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, any age
Recommended to James by: Saw it posted on Twitter
This was full-bore entertainment and I loved it. Being about the same age as Jake, one of the two main characters--the other being, Arlo, a telepathic Panther Chameleon--it was fun to imagine being conscripted into a galactic federation and then put through a medical procedure in which nearly 40 years are taken off my aging body. Another reviewer mentioned that the only thing that was lacking was a villain. I must disagree. The villain is alive and well in one evil galactic federation, the ...more
Lydia Aswolf
Aug 17, 2013 Lydia Aswolf rated it really liked it
If a premise is great and the protagonist is fantastic, I can overlook most any other little mistakes along the way. Such is the case with Arlo and Jake enlist. I absolutely loved Jake. As a character, he starts out a stereotypical randy older man, but evolves greatly throughout the story to the point you respect him and the cause he's taken up.

If you can make 'em laugh, you have 'em in the palm of your hand, and Gary Henson accomplishes this with great verve and flair in Jake. Then he goes sev
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Pete Carter
Sep 25, 2014 Pete Carter rated it really liked it
I've never read a sci-fi book quite like this, and it's fun and refreshing! So much so that I'm currently reading book 2 in the series.

Jake is a little obsessed with female company, and feminists may not like this. But Jake is a retired submariner who spent years looking at nothing but the inside of a cigar tube, so his appetite for eye candy is understandable. Arlo is his pet chameleon, and one day as the pair sit watching life go by, Jake sozzled to the eyeballs, he is visited by recruitment o
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Robbie Cox
Mar 04, 2014 Robbie Cox rated it really liked it
Poor Jake Jaspar, one minute you are on a beach relaxing, the next you've been conscripted into a space navy you didn't even know existed. However, he does make the best of it as the crew of the Triumph tries to convince him to sign up for a tour of space duty. He even gets to keep his pet, Arlo, who becomes his partner in this space adventure.

Gary did a great job of writing and creating believable characters as well as a great plot. I love where pokes fun at the typical genre and adds a bit of
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Vanessa Wester
Sep 02, 2013 Vanessa Wester rated it really liked it
I have never read a book like this before and so it took me a while to get to it. Even then, it was written more for (I think) a male audience, but it did make me smile a lot - It was an insight into the male mind.

The story itself is well crafted, highly imaginative, and it reminded me of Star Trek and Star Wars with a James Bond Twist - there were a lot of perfect women around! Personally, what was missing was a villain - maybe we'll meet one in the second book?

Follow the wacky adventures of Ar
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Matt
Nov 07, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fun. There's a ton of creativity, and I liked the pacing. The story revolves around a retired Navy engineer who is recruited into an intergalactic Navy. It looks to be a light and humorous space opera - sign me up!
Carrie Slager
Sep 06, 2016 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: Gary Henson sent me a free print copy in exchange for an honest review.]

Arlo and Jake Enlist is the sort of novella you can curl up in your favourite chair for an hour or so on a dreary day and laugh out loud over. It’s both a spoof of science fiction and a good read all rolled into one 89 page book.

Now, just because this is a spoof doesn’t mean the characters aren’t interesting or well developed. They definitely are. Jake is kind of a lonely old man who fills his days drinking
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Melvyn
Melvyn rated it it was ok
Oct 23, 2014
Gary Alan Henson
Dec 14, 2012 Gary Alan Henson rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I was born in Levelland, Texas, moved to Boulder, Colorado and joined the US Nuclear Submarine force at 17.

After 9 years cruising the oceans, I returned to Colorado and eventually became a software developer.

I've always loved creating something from my imagination. In 2006 I wrote a screenplay, 'Genome'. After years of 'no thanks' or no response I decided to adapt it to a novel and try ePub.

I've s
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